Azure Test Drive, Bye Google Wave, Hotmail Face Lift, Softlayer / The Planet Merger

Windows Azure No Cost Test Drive for Devs

Limited to US developers, the first 500 to sign up each month will get a full month’s pass good for the one calendar month. In addition, you’ll get free phone, chat and email support through the Front Runner for Windows Azure program.

Looks like a good option to test drive Microsoft offering, if you happen to be one of the lucky 500 and happen to the in the US of A.

Time To Say Good Bye To Google Wave

Google Wave did turn out to be what Google expected in the long run, rather than change the light bulb one more time the big G is giving up. Nobody got anywhere by not experimeting.

Hotmail Gets A Face Lift, 350 Millions Users Notice

Microsoft has declared success after successfully shaking the floor for all 350 million Hotmail users.

Users can expect:

enhanced security, better filtering of emails to de-clutter the inbox, support for conversation views and a number of other key visual and feature additions.

Softlayer And The Planet Outline Merger

SoftLayer Technologies and The Planet are discussing a blockbuster merger that will make the combined entity one of the world’s largest providers of web hosting and cloud computing services. The new company will have more than 25,000 customers and manage more than 78,000 servers.

Blockbuster is such an insignificant word for the size of the merger. [Hopefully] only good will come out of the merger.

Moving On..

Office Licensed for two systems : one desktop and a portable system aka a laptop.